Mike Janis Claims the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Title

Mike Janis Claims the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Title Image

Coming into Round 12 of the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, two of the sports legendary drivers and crew chiefs were set to do battle for the 2018 Pro Mod Championship at The Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. Each represent decades of participation in the sport and both with a clear understanding of what it takes (and what it means) to finish atop a championship season in NHRA.  Less than a week before the series started at the Gatornationals, North Carolina native Rickie Smith received a sponsorship call from the Bahrain 1 Racing Pro Mod contingent to join the team. Mike Janis on the other hand was already set to crawl behind the wheel of the Mike Janis Superchargers/AAP 1969 Camaro. At the time, neither knew that it would come down to the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The...

October 29, 2018
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Hord Grabs First Career Pro Mod Win at Carolina Nationals

Hord Grabs First Career Pro Mod Win at Carolina Nationals Image

Rick Hord got the weekend off to a good start at the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Carolina Nationals earning the Number One spot in Saturday's qualifying rounds. He piloted his 2016 turbocharged Corvette to a 5.681 ET at 258.67 mph to lay claim to the second-fastest pass in Pro Mod history. Dallas Pro Mod winner Jeremy Ray qualified second overall on his Friday run in the "Carolina Kingpin" 63' Corvette at 5.683 ET at 251.91 mph, making it the third-quickest run in the history of the class. Series points leader Mike Janis qualified seventh at 249.03 mph to earn a first-round match up against Stevie "Fast" Jackson. This year's portion of the NHRA Carolina Nationals was presented by Mr. Race Oil and was the eleventh of 12 races for the 2018 E3 Spark...

October 22, 2018
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Jackson Wins E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Wally at Gateway Midwest Nationals

Jackson Wins E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Wally at Gateway Midwest Nationals Image

The E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Drag Racing Series returned to the track over the weekend for the Seventh Annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park. Coming off his most recent win at the U.S. Nationals, Stevie "Fast" Jackson made it back-to-back victories in the doorslammer class. Jackson could have coasted to a win after Chad Green's Chevy Corvette fouled at the start, but Jackson ignored the red light and posted a 5.759 ET at 250.88 mph run in his '17 Bahrain 1 Racing Chevrolet Camaro. Jackson defeated Rickie Smith in Round One with a 251.86 mph pass, then added a 250.92 mph win over Jim Whiteley. In the Semifinals, Jackson eliminated points leader Mike Janis while Chad Green got a free ticket to the Finals when Mike Castellana had a red light foul. Green's...

September 24, 2018
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E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Series Returns to Action at 64th annual U.S. Nationals

E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Series Returns to Action at 64th annual U.S. Nationals Image

E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service returned over the holiday weekend to compete on drag racing's grandest stage at the Big Go. An ultra-skilled roster of dozens of top Pro Mod drivers thrilled Indy race fans with some of the fastest doorslammer runs at the 64th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. The Pro Mod class continues to offer something unique for every kind of hot-rodding enthusiast. The popular class is highlighted by historic muscle cars like the ’67 Mustang, ’68 Firebird and ’69 Camaro, as well as a variety of late model American muscle cars that produce more than 3,000 horsepower with a quarter-mile ET of less than six seconds at speeds of more than 250 mph. Mike Castellana powered his  supercharged...

September 4, 2018
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Danny Rowe Falls to Quickest Run in World Series of Pro Mod History

Danny Rowe Falls to Quickest Run in World Series of Pro Mod History Image

When we spoke with Danny Rowe about the upcoming E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, the 20-year veteran was excited about his 2018 campaign behind the wheel of a supercharged door car. In addition to the 12-race NHRA Pro Mod series of high powered turbo, nitrous and supercharged late model American muscle cars, Rowe already had his sights set on the second annual World Series of Pro Mod hosted by Bandimere Speedway outside Denver CO. Known to NHRA drag racing fans as Thunder Mountain, Bandimere Speedway also hosts the NHRA's Mopar Mile-High Nationals. Driving the Jim Bell-owned Pro Mod 69' Camaro, Carl Stevens Jr. also had the $100,000 payday on his calendar and wasted no time in settling the matter in the final round of the DRAG ILLUSTRATED World Series of Pro Mod...

August 13, 2018
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Smith Claims Third Win in E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Series at Summit Nationals

Smith Claims Third Win in E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Series at Summit Nationals Image

E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series kicked off the second half of 2018 with great performances at the 12th Annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals outside Norwalk OH. In Friday's second qualifying session, Rick Hord posted a 5.754-second pass at 254.76 mph to lead the pack as the Number One qualifier in his 2016 Corvette. Hord fell to Troy Coughlin Sr. in the first round on Sunday. Number Two qualifier Mike Castellana eliminated Danny Rowe before being eliminated by Jeremy Ray. In addition to Castellana, the Carolina Kingpin took care of Eric Dillard and Pete Farber on the way to his first ever NHRA Pro Mod final. When the smoked cleared following Sunday's final run, three-time world champion Rickie Smith had earned his third Pro Mod Wally for 2018 season and fourteenth career...

June 25, 2018
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Mid-Season Recap for E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series

Mid-Season Recap for E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series Image

Pro Mod race teams around the country are preparing for the second half of the 2018 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by J&A Service. With six races completed, Virginia Nationals winner Mike Janis holds a slim point's lead over a showcase of talented drivers like three-time world champion Rickie Smith, who claimed wins at Gatornationals and Heartland Motorsports Park earlier in year. At the most recent Thunder Valley Nationals, former world champion Khalid alBalooshi joined Jose Gonzalez and Jim Whiteley with one win each. The fast-and-furious doorslammer class offers exciting action for its growing fan base with something unique for every hotrod enthusiast. Highlighted by muscle cars from the 1960s through late models, such as Mustangs, Corvettes, Camaros and...

June 19, 2018
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Khalid alBalooshi Claims Thunder Valley Win at E3 Pro Mod Nationals

Khalid alBalooshi Claims Thunder Valley Win at E3 Pro Mod Nationals Image

It was another exciting weekend for the teams and drivers at the 2018 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service. Featuring the world's fastest door-slammer racecars on the planet, the series is the only class that allows for multiple makes of cars, builders and engines to compete heads up. From historic muscle cars like a nitrous-powered '67 Mustang to late model classics with full-blown superchargers, Pro Mod is drawing 30-plus weekly competitors separated by hundredths-of-a-second at the finish line. With more than 3,000 horsepower, the suspended door Pro Mod cars travel the quarter-mile in less than six seconds at speeds exceeding 250 mph. Rumors of a driver change circulated mid-week with the announcement that the man who is responsible for the...

June 18, 2018
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Mike Janis Wins E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Final at Virginia Nationals

Mike Janis Wins E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Final at Virginia Nationals Image

Sunday's final run in Pro Mod set the stage for a battle of Al Anabi Performance (AAP) supercharged Chevy Camaros. Staring at the backside of a Mike Janis Supercharger, Janis posted a 5.821-second pass at 246.26 mph to claim the fifth Wally of his career with a victory at the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series held at Virginia Motorsports Park. Janis defeated his teammate, Mike Castellana who ran a slightly faster 246.93 mph with a 6.002 pass in his first trip to the final run in 2018. Janis had eliminated the Dodge Daytona of Pete Farber while Castellana defeated the Corvette of Rick Hord enroute to the finals. The victory moved Janis past Rickie Smith (two-time 2018 Pro Mod winner) to take over the points lead. It was a busy week and weekend for the Pro Mod class with...

June 11, 2018
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Richie Smith Claims His Second E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Win

Richie Smith Claims His Second E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Win Image

It isn't a surprise to fans of the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series that Rickie Smith is on track for another successful season. No one works harder or has more fun racing Pro Mod. However, the long weekend at Heartland Motorsports Park saw relative newcomer Chad Green waiting out the rain showers while holding on to the Number One qualifying position. In his second qualifying run on Friday, Green ran a 5.762 pass at 250.13 mph in the Bond-Coat 2017 Corvette. Steven Whiteley was seeded second with a faster speed of 252.28 mph but a slower ET of 5.782. Eventual winner Rickie Smith held the third place qualifying position with a 5.800 at 248.43 mph. With racing postponed Sunday due to intermittent rain, Pro Mod teams had an extra day on the road before capping off the Heartland...

May 22, 2018
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